THE Goulburn Valley Croquet Association held the region’s Championship for Golf Croquet on April 5 at the Shepparton Croquet Courts.
Club Champions or a representative from Deniliquin, Echuca/Moama, Euroa, Kyabram, Nagambie, Numurkah, Rich River and Shepparton Clubs were invited to play.
There were three divisions — Section 1, for the strongest players with handicaps of between -6 to 5, Section 2 (6 – 8) and Section 3 (9 to 16).
All games were level play, best of 13 hoops or first to seven.
Kyabram was represented by Cameron Kelly (sec 2) and Margaret Sullivan (sec 3).
Section 3 was the only section to have all nine clubs represented. The format was a round robin with games starting at 8:30am to allow for the maximum of eight games to be played on the one day.
Spectators were treated to a fine display of golf croquet by some of the region’s best players.
Several players managed to lower their handicaps on the day and they included Cameron Kelly and Ian Grose.
Seasoned player Darren Mc Loughlin from Deniliquin took out Section 1, winning all his matches.
Kyabram’s Cameron Kelly was successful again this year winning Section 2, after he and Beryl Ash from Echuca/Moama drew on games.
Section 3 was won by a relatively new player, Ian Grose from Shepparton,
All winners were presented with a trophy and a GVCA T-shirt to wear at the Victorian Regionals to be held at Cairnlea on the weekend of 21/22 April.
The GVCA is hopeful that this team will be as strong and successful as the 2017 team that won the Lefel Shield — both Darren and Cameron were part of that team .
Congratulations to Cameron Kelly, the youngest player in the tournament last week, and we wish him and his fellow team members all the best at Cairnlea.
It is so good to see Kyabram Croquet represented again at Croquet Victoria.